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New Zealand Will Open Quarantine-Free For Fully Vaccinated Travellers In Early 2022

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Editor

New Zealand Will Open Quarantine-Free For Fully Vaccinated Travellers In Early 2022

After two years of border controls, New Zealand plans to reopen to foreign travellers in 2022. A phased re-opening of the borders will start in January, with its final phase on April 30, 2022.

This approach reduces any potential impacts on vulnerable communities and the New Zealand health system, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins stated.

On January 16, fully vaccinated New Zealanders in Australia will be permitted to travel home without a two-week quarantine. Similarly, New Zealanders based in other countries, such as Singapore, will be permitted to enter from February 13.

Additionally, fully vaccinated foreign tourists can enter from April 30, without having to self-isolate for seven days. Although, each passenger will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.

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Furthermore, all travellers will require a negative pre-departure test, vaccination proof and a declaration stating they have not been to a high-risk country in the past 14 days. If you plan to travel to New Zealand, see the high-risk list on the government COVID-19 website.

At present, only residents of New Zealand can travel there. Equally, they must stay in a limited-space, government-made quarantine hotel (MIQ) for seven days. Unfortunately, unvaccinated travellers and those travelling from high-risk areas will still need to complete this stay, followed by three days of self-isolation.

Wonderfully, New Zealand has an 84% second dose vaccination rate. Meanwhile, here in Singapore the full regime of vaccination stands at 85%. Currently, both countries vaccination rates are some of the highest globally.

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COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China in early December 2019. Since then, it has spread across the globe, infecting over 260 million people, with 5.17 million deaths as of November 24, 2021.

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